MBA helps pi­lot soar to new heights

Q. What does an in­ter­na­tional long-haul pi­lot do at 3am in the morn­ing af­ter a 15-hour flight, awake from jet-lag?

Business First - - EDITORIAL -

AS­tudy his Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA).

For Jeremy Sutherland, an in­ter­na­tional long-haul pi­lot, deal­ing with mul­ti­ple time zones and hours spent in the air has be­come sec­ond-na­ture af­ter more than 20 years in the in­dus­try.

What wasn’t so sec­ond-na­ture was tak­ing on the chal­lenge of study­ing a MBA, a de­ci­sion he made for the op­por­tu­ni­ties it would give him to rise to se­nior po­si­tions in his ca­reer.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously stud­ied an Ad­vanced Diploma of Aviation, Jeremy knew he would need a flex­i­ble and fast-tracked pro­gramme that would sup­port his vari­able hours and al­low him to study from any­where around the world.

“I chose to study the 12 Month MBA with the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Busi­ness be­cause it’s an ac­cred­ited pro­gramme that’s recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally, and be­cause I’m study­ing by Dis­tance Learn­ing, I have the flex­i­bil­ity to study at any­time, any­where around the world,” he said.

“While jet-lag is a chal­lenge for me, I man­age to fit study in when­ever I have the time, even if it’s just in 30-minute blocks. Since I’m of­ten work­ing nights and have lit­tle con­trol over my ros­ter, I can also de­fer a sub­ject or two in the busy times at work, so hav­ing that flex­i­bil­ity re­ally pays off.”

De­spite be­ing only part-way through his MBA, Jeremy said he could al­ready see how each sub­ject is ben­e­fit­ting him both in­side and out of work.

“My MBA is help­ing me to an­a­lyse the strate­gies the com­pany is us­ing, their suc­cess, and whether there are ways to im­prove ef­fi­ciency in this very com­plex en­vi­ron­ment,” Jeremy said.

“Be­cause I’ve been able to tai­lor the pro­gramme around my in­ter­ests and ca­reer, I can al­ready see how the skills will be use­ful both in my ca­reer and out­side of it.”

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